Shane Lynch has opened up about the untimely death of his bandmate Stephen Gately, inside the Celebrity Big Brother house.
The Boyzone star spoke fondly of Stephen, who died at his home in Majorca in 2009 due to a pulmonary edema, which resulted from an undiagnosed heart condition.
Speaking on the Channel 5 reality show, which he entered last week, Shane explained that he had never been a lead singer in Boyzone, but that Stephen was.
“One of our bandmates, he died. It was ’09 he died. And he was one of the leads too,” he said.
— Big Brother UK (@bbuk) January 8, 2018
“He was an amazing, amazing guy. He was 33 when he died. When that happened, we were in the middle of making a new album. And at that point we were like, ‘What do we do? Do we call it a day? Is there no more Boyzone? Is that it?’
“But every time we got together as a group, the four of us came together, it was very apparent that he was alive, when we came together.
“Because that was our bubble. He’s so there. So we’ll always be five, regardless of visually what you see. He will always be there,” he added.
Shane’s touching tribute to Stephen moved CBB viewers, and many took to social media to praise him.
— Lizzie Cundy (@lizziecundy) January 8, 2018
The way @shanelynchlife speaks of #StephenGately on @bbuk melts my heart. Saying that whenever the remaining four get together, Stephen is always there with them and they always have been and always will be, #Always5… ❤ #CBBShaneL #BBUK #CBB #ShaneLynch #ShaneLToWinCBB
— Lizley (@MsLizley) January 8, 2018
— ˗ˏˋ Remembering Steo (@steo_gately) January 8, 2018
— Christian Saad (@ChristianSaad) January 8, 2018
Literally just got full body chills and tears in my eyes hearing @shanelynchlife talk about Steo 😢
— Tammy Dixon (@tammy2k) January 8, 2018